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Relieving Anxiety & Eliminating Pain

Many dental patients experience anxiety when visiting the dentist’s office. This can be due to a number of different factors, but one thing is always constant: with dental anxiety, the dentist’s office is never enjoyable. To help our patients feel comfortable and at-ease during treatment, Dr. Amy Zonoozi here at Euclid Dental Center proudly offers comprehensive sedation dentistry options to her patients’ in Ontario, CA. While necessary for intensive procedures that can cause patients’ anxiety , sedation methods can also be used on less-intensive treatments to help relax patients. On this page, our dental team has put together a short guide on all of the sedation dentistry options we offer. Read on to learn more, and contact our team at (909) 391-4300 to schedule your appointment today!

Our Sedation Dentistry Options

Here at Euclid Dental Center, we offer three types of sedation: inhalation with Nitrous Oxide (laughing has), conscious oral sedation, and IV sedation. You can learn more about each of these types of sedation below.

Girl undergoing sedation dentistry

Inhalation Conscious Sedation


Inhalation conscious sedation is one of the oldest forms of sedation and is still used by the medical community to this day. This type of sedation involves the controlled administration of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) through small tubes placed just inside the nostrils. As patients inhale the gas, they become relaxed though completely conscious relatively quickly. Though nitrous oxide is a poor pain reliever, is excellent is alleviating mental anxiety and stress in patients. It also wears off relatively quickly, making it a great option for those who have scheduled their dental appointments in between other commitments.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation involves the ingestion of a whole pill or a solution dissolved on the tongue to relax the patient in a matter of minutes. Oral sedation is the preferred method of sedation for a many dental patients because it is easy to administer and does not require the use of a needle. During oral sedation, the patient is still conscious; he or she is simply relaxed and may experience mild to moderate symptoms of drowsiness. Common oral sedative drugs include Valium®, Halcion®, Sonata®, Ativan®, Vistaril®, and Versed®. Dr. Amy is certified in Oral Conscious sedation and can help our anxious patients with her expertise.

IV Conscious Sedation

IV conscious sedation is the administration of sedative drugs directly into the bloodstream for stronger and faster-acting sedative effects. Since IV sedation has an almost immediate effect on the body and its many mechanisms — including cardiovascular and respiratory systems — there is a higher degree of risk associated with it than with other types of sedatives. There is also a higher degree of control. Dental professionals can quickly and easily change the amount of sedative administered to fit the patient’s needs. IV conscious sedation is a good choice for patients who require a considerable amount of sedation to relax during their treatments.

Euclid Dental Center offers a full array of dental services to help you maintain healthy teeth.

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